07th Dec2020

‘WWE NXT’ Review (Dec 2nd 2020)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s NXT review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and I’ve got a chunky butt. There’s just something about Mary…and NXT! There, now I can cash Vince’s check for…$12?! F— that cheap f—! Vince hid a monkey in his suitcase so he’d have something to pee on during the flight home! Vince invented disappointment so we’d all have to suffer when women won’t let him punch them in the face. Vince hates Jesus! Vince…ohhhhhhh…this check say $12,000…thumb covered up the zeros. Vince sure is great and so is NXT!

Match #1: Damien Priest and Leon Ruff def. Santos Escobar & Raul Mendoza

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Damian Priest enjoyed a dominant run early in the bout until an individual appeared in the crowd wearing the same mask as the person who helped Johnny Gargano defeat him for the NXT North American Title, affecting the focus of The Archer of Infamy. Legado del Fantasma took control until Priest rallied, and much to his chagrin, Priest received a blind tag from Leon Ruff as he was poised to hit Raul Mendoza with the Reckoning. Not only did Priest deliver his signature attack, but Ruff added a soaring frog splash to ensure victory before his massive title defense this Sunday.

My Opinion: 3.2 out of 5 – This was a fun opener that was no instant classic, but it was also not a snooze-fest either. Priest and Ruff have a quirky charm as a team that I didn’t expect, but don’t loathe either. Santos and Raul worked well and made their part of the match move along easily and quickly. You’re getting plenty of sudden bursts of tag action here, but you don’t necessarily get the best that these guys can deliver either. This was safe and easy, which is just fine by me.

Match #2: Cameron Grimes def. Austin Grey

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Cameron Grimes came poised to deliver a message to Dexter Lumis ahead of their TakeOver clash, arriving with a strap in hand, and he picked up a swift victory over August Grey thanks to the Cave-In. He hit another afterward and proceeded to dole out punishment with the strap until Lumis emerged from seemingly out of nowhere, beating Grimes with the strap before he could flee.

My Opinion: 2.7 out of 5 – Grimes kicked Grey’s ass after a few minutes solid action…YOU FOOL!!!!!

Match #3: Jake Atlas def. Tony Nese

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Dedicating the match to the late Pat Patterson, Jake Atlas turned in a performance that likely would have made the WWE Hall of Famer proud. Atlas picked up a pivotal Cruiserweight division victory, putting former champion Tony Nese away with the Cartwheel DDT.

My Opinion: 3.3 out of 5 – This was good fun from a few good men that was crammed into a few good minutes. Atlas and Nese were nose-to-the-grind-stone intense here, with Atlas taking it to Nese. I enjoyed seeing Atlas get aggressive on Nese’s talented ass and I enjoyed seeing Nese get to show more of his skills outside of 205 Live. It should’ve been a lot longer, but it was good while it lasted.

Match #4: Imperium vs. Grizzled Young Veterans (No Contest)

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The Grizzled Young Veterans were scheduled to take on Ever-Rise until Imperium stormed the scene, dismantling Ever-Rise in brutal fashion and leading to a match between themselves and Zack Gibson & James Drake. The two teams fought an evenly matched battle in a bout that was too close to call until Ever-Rise reemerged to attack both teams, then decided on a speedy exit after clearly drawing the ire of their new adversaries.

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5 – Before the crap finish, this was going good…great even. Intense is an appropriate word to describe this match, but so is “I like pennies”. Why is it that this match was booked to happen at random instead of getting a week or so of promotion? The whole thing had a very European smash-mouth style to it that I dug all the way to Chyna. I wanted a winner, so Ever-Rise attacked both teams for a DQ that pissed me off, but kinda turned me on.

Match #5: (Main Event) Shotzi Blackheart def. Raquel Gonzalez – Ladder Match For The War-Games Advantage

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Shotzi Blackheart emerged not only with the advantage for Sunday’s highly anticipated WarGames Match with Team Candice, but also the answer as to who is the fourth and final member of her team: Io Shirai. The match eventually devolved into all-out chaos, as all seven women involved in Sunday’s match got involved until the numbers advantage neutralized Blackheart. That was until The Genius of The Sky hit the ring to even the odds and take out the field with a spectacular moonsault to the outside. Freeing Blackheart to scale the ladder and claim the briefcase, Shirai paid instant dividends as the final addition to Team Shotzi, setting the stage for what is sure to be an unforgettable showdown.

My Opinion: 3.4 out of 5 – This was nowhere close to the quality of last week’s match, but it was good fun and a lively spectacle at that. Shotzi and Raquel knocked the hookiejoo out of each other for a little while and made sure that their main event was entertaining. Shotzi sure has a freaky charm to her that I like. In the areas where this match fell apart, Shotzi’s bizarre charisma made her performance interesting no matter what happened. I was glad to see it all come together at the end, which was really necessary considering what was on the line. Jennifer Aniston punched me in the puss and this match, while no classic, was vibrant enough to serve as a proper capper to a decent card.

News Of The Night:

  1. Io Shirai joined Team Shotzi for WarGames.
  2. Xia Li and Boa were dumped in a bunch of water.
  3. Team McAfee cut another promo and I didn’t care.
  4. Tomasso Ciampa and Timothy Thatcher brawled to set-up their match for WarGames.

Final Verdict: 3.3/5

This was decent and easy, but it wasn’t much for selling you on WarGames as a major event. I’m really tired of seeing so many promos on NXT, by the way. I thought NXT was supposed to be different from the WWE?


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